Jonathan Mayhew graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 1981 and received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford in 1988. He has taught at the University of Kansas since 1996, after receiving tenure at the Ohio State University. Professor Mayhew is the author of four books on modern and contemporary peninsular poetry: Claudio Rodríguez and the Language of Poetic Vision (Bucknell, 1990), The Poetics of Self-Consciousness: Twentieth Century Spanish Poetry (Bucknell, 1994), Apocryphal Lorca: Translation, Parody, Kitsch, (Chicago, 2009), and The Twilight of the Avant-Garde: Spanish Poetry 1980-2000 (Liverpool, 2009). His numerous articles, translations, and reviews have appeared in PMLA, Diacritics, Hispanic Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, The Nation, Revista de Libros, Insula, MLN, and elsewhere. In 2012, his achievements in scholarship were recognized by the awarding of the Higuchi prize. He lectures frequently in Spain.
Professor Mayhew is currently working on a book with the title What Lorca Knew: Fragments of a Late Modernity, and a volume of original poetry, Mayhew’s Mood. His multiple interests include translation theory, poetry and performance, and the relation between poetry and music.